White Plains schools asking for $48.2M bond

The Newburgh Enlarged City School District is accepting

The Newburgh Enlarged City School District is accepting applications from families of students in kindergarten through fifth grade who are capable of learning at the accelerated rate offered by the district's Unlimited Horizons Program. (Sept. 6, 2011 ) Photo Credit: File Photo

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The White Plains School District will have a special election Oct. 23, asking voters to approve $48.2 million in bonds for building improvements and wireless connectivity.

At a meeting Tuesday, the School Board approved the measure based on recommendations from an 18-member task force that spent seven months assessing the district's facilities, according to a district news release.

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The project includes a major renovation of the Eastview School, projected to cost $22.5 million; a $200,000 upgrade to the elementary school playgrounds; and $4.8 million to add Wi-Fi capability to the schools.

District officials at the meeting said wireless capabilities would improve access to digital resources and save money on textbooks and through wireless control of heat, lights and air conditioning, according to the release.

The project is expected to result in a tax levy increase of less than 1 percent and increase the average tax bill by $65.12 annually.

The district has scheduled five informational meetings on the vote: Sept. 11, 19 and 27 and Oct. 4 and 9.


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